April 29, 2017 By Christian Murray
Plans to overhaul the Queensbridge Park House were unveiled Thursday, with city officials announcing that $3 million will be spent on redoing the dilapidated space that has been out of use for decades.
The Park’s old field house, which was built in 1941, will be demolished and replaced by a new 15,500 square foot facility. The new field house will include a community room, an office area for Parks staff, a public restroom, and storage space for the park’s maintenance equipment. It will be also be surrounded by an outdoor plaza area complete with seating, bicycle racks and drinking fountains.
Work on the park is expected to begin in fall, with the project expected to take 12-18 months to complete.
Funds to renovate the Park House were allocated by Councilman Jimmy Bramer as part of an effort to improve Queensbridge Park.
Van Bramer said he has directed $6 million of city funds toward Queensbridge Park since he took office a little over seven years ago. He said that $3.4 million was spent to fix the crumbling seawall with a 6-foot wide promenade, benches, plantings, and a small wharf.
“One of my top priorities since taking office has been to improve Queensbridge Park for the seniors, families, and children of Queensbridge and Western Queens that use this park to enjoy nature, play team sports, and take in the breathtaking views,” Van Bramer said.